Wednesday, October 20, 2010

How do we value farmer's sweat and blood?

In last 3 years I have come across many papers on development and woes of our villages. To use the broad statistics from different sources, 2/3 of our population is engaged in agriculture/rural sector and the share of this sector in GDP is around 17-18%!!

It makes me wonder as to how do we value the blood and sweat of farmers. What makes agriculture products to be valued so low that output of 60%+ amounts to meager 17% of the economy?